Rust, Bad! Southern California 356, Good!

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This is Down On The Street Bonus Edition, where we check out interesting street-parked cars located in places other than the Island That Rust Forgot. Here's a sight you don't see very often these days.


Sharp-eyed reader Cameron took these shots for us. Here's what he has to say:

Spotted this survivor T6-body 356B in Eagle Rock. Original paint, Black license plates, sixties era band stickers — I couldn't get a look at the mileage, but I wouldn't be surprised if this is a one-owner car. Enjoy!!

Check out the 356 Spotters Guide at the 356 Registry — it might make a fun game "What year is this Porsche and why?" Answer: Drum brakes!! It has drum brakes and T-6 356C's have disks. It took me about an hour to figure that out. Enjoy!!


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That black plate is a crude fake.

First off, the 7 digit 1ABC234 format plates started in 1980. The yellow on black plates were issued in the ABC 123 format until 1969 for passenger plates then the yellow on blue with the 123 ABC format took over until they ran out in 1980.

The number 4MLU255 was issued in 2000.

The dies are wrong.

The real plate for the vehicle would look something like the image above.

The only question is when are Ponch and Jon going to pull the owner and give them a hefty ticket and possibly arrest the owner for forgery.